Riot Games announced that it has banned two more high profile professional League Legends players for bad behavior while playing the popular MOBA game. Their behavior was deemed "extremely toxic," including verbal abuse and game harassment, according to a forum post from eSports coordinator Scott "Riot Abhorsen" Parkin.
Parkin noted that Alfonso Aguirre Rodriguez (AKA "Mithy") and Erlend "Nukeduck" Holm from team Ninjas in Pyjamas have been suspended from the League Championship Series and the Challenger Series through the end of 2014. According to Parkin, Rodriguez consistently violated the games rules of conduct and that he had been reported in more than 30 percent of games he has played.
"In recent months, Rodriguez has exhibited extremely toxic behavior in solo queue," Parkin wrote. "This behavior included, but was not limited to, in game harassment, verbal abuse and continual use of racial slurs."
Rodriguez later said on Twitter that the ban was deserved and that he accepts the punishment:
"Since I'm banned for 6 months I'll be looking to join teams as a coach and meanwhile work on my behavior and try and come back to the scene," he wrote on Twitter.
Holm's charges are similar.
"Despite previous punishments for his toxicity, Holm's behavior has shown no improvement over the past months, even after his account became Chat Restricted," Parkin wrote.
On Twitter, Holm said that he received no proper warning for his behavior and has never been banned during his account's 14-month lifespan.
The player added that he'll take the ban as a learning experience and "try to come back stronger."